Whether you're looking for rare peach beers, DIY turkey processing, or a festival of chocolate, you're sure to stay busy and entertained in the coming weeks. Here's our round-up of upcoming events in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Saturday, November 9
Lower Haight Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. In these last weeks of calm before holiday chaos, join the neighborhood festivities in Lower Haight, which will feature cocktails from Maven, food from 4505 Meats' upcoming BBQ eatery, and Three Twins Ice Cream. Some proceeds will go to the San Francisco Food Bank. $40. 520 Haight St., San Francisco, CA; event details
Sunday, November 10
Batch Made Market
Sunday, November 10, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. To celebrate the last market of the season, Batch Made Market is offering free admission. Come snag beer and food, and take advantage of free workshops on topics including urban fishing and kimchi making. 55 Duboce Avenue, San Francisco, CA; event details
Fall Chocolate Salon
Sunday, November 10, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This fall's chocolate show brings together more than 30 chocolatiers and confectioners, so you can do some holiday shopping and tasting as you go. $20 Adult, $10 Children. Fort Mason Conference Center, Building A, 1 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA; event details
Wednesday, November 20
Beat Them to the Punch: Fall Cocktails of the Farmers Market
Wednesday, November 20, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ring in the holidays with an evening full of holiday punches and nogs, mixed up by local bartenders who will take cues from fresh produce (persimmon! pomegranate!) from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Plus, bring home a recipe booklet for all featured cocktails. $45. 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA; event details
Saturday, November 9
Saturday, November 9, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Riot 1) and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Join Second Glass for Wine Riot, a tasting of over 250 wines from around the world with crash courses to boost your oenological knowledge. There'll also be a photo booth, DJ, and temporary tattoos to keep you entertained between sips; a mobile app will help you keep track of favorite wines and find them in stores. $60. 650 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA; event details
Sunday, November 24
Face Your Food Pre-Thanksgiving Poultry Processing Workshop
Sunday, November 24, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In preparation for Turkey Day, as part of the Whittier Time Bank's Build-Your-Skills workshop series, participants will learn to butcher birds —from killing to de-feathering and processing —with urban homesteader Jollen Gibbs at her farm. Purchase live farm-raised chickens or turkeys and leave with a bird that's ready to cook. $20 Advance, $25 General, $30 Day Of Event. 2425 Panchoy Place, La Habra Heights, CA; event details
Drinking Vinegars Workshop
Sunday, November 24, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you love to drink shrubs and want to learn how to make your own, join Ink bartender Gabriella Mlynarczyk at Bar & Garden for this class. She'll touch on cold maceration, the long history of drinking vinegars in America, and, of course, how to mix up your own tart cordials. $80. 6142 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA; 310-876-0759 to enroll.
Saturday, November 9
Fest de Peche
Saturday, November 9, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saraveza will be honoring the peach with a slew of peach-flavored beers, ciders, and meads, including super-rare brews and award winners. $18 for ten tasting tickets. 1004 N. Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR; event details
Friday, November 29
Black Friday On Distillery Row
Friday, November 29, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The distilleries from Distillery Row will be offering a sampling of spirits to taste and to buy. There'll be more local artisans selling food and crafts to help put a dent in your holiday shopping. 116 Southeast Yamhill Street, Portland, OR; event details
Wednesday, December 4
Más Tapas, Por Favor
Wednesday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bring the tapas trend to your kitchen with this class, hosted by Hipcooks. Participants will learn how to make eight classic tapas dishes, which are paired with Rioja in the dinner party after class. $60. 3808 N Williams, Suite 120, Portland, OR; event details
Saturday, November 9 and ongoing
Caramel Class at Hot Cakes
Saturdays, November 9 to December 21, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hot Cakes pastry chef Stephanie Lock and owner Autumn Martin will be teaching this fall series of classes where participants will learn to make dark, "old-school" caramel sauce and candies just like the bakery's. $75. 5427 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA; 205-420-3431 for reservations
Thursday, November 14
Pantry Royale Canning Class at Cupcake Royale
Thursday, November 14, 6:30 p.m. Check out Cupcake Royale's newest location at Queen Anne for this canning workshop, led by local cook and author Amy Pennington. Participants will learn how to can while drinking wine from Snoqualmie Vineyards and will take home their own pumpkin butter and four autumnal cupcakes. $30. 1939 Queen Anne Avenue, Seattle, WA; 206-883-7656 for reservations
Sunday, November 17
Mobile Winter Feast
Sunday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mobile Food Radio presents the 2nd annual Mobile Winter Feast, which will showcase over 20 local food trucks and 10 craft breweries at the Fremont Sunday Market. Each truck will offer a special $5 comfort food menu with the likes of Thanksgiving croquettes and red wine-braised rabbit pozole. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit The World Is Fun. 3401 Evanston Avenue N, Seattle, WA; event details
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